Past Exhibitions

Mary Parker and Caela Cowan

Dawoud Bey: The Birmingham Project

September 08, 2013 - December 02, 2013

Acclaimed photographer Dawoud Bey presents an exhibition of portraits, which symbolically commemorates the four young girls and two boys whose lives were lost on September 15, 1963, in the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. As

Theaster Gates: ‘Tis So Sweet Or I Need Sugar Lawd

April 25, 2013

Artist, activist, and urban-planner Theaster Gates performed with The Black Monks of Mississippi, an ensemble of musicians who employ a variety of musical traditions, which range from spirituals, blues, gospel and Buddhist and Zen chants. The performance connected with the

Arctic Beauty: Inuit Art from Canada

This exhibition presents 87 works of art made by the Inuit people of Canada. Formerly known as Eskimo, the Inuit are descended from cultures that have inhabited the Arctic regions of Canada, the United States, Greenland, and Russia for over

Woven Splendor

October 07, 2012 - December 30, 2012

From the arrival of Spanish settlers in the mid-1500s to their forced move to reservations in the 19th century, the Navajo people have a long history of adapting their resources and practices to changes in their environment. The practice of

The Golden Age: American Illustration from the Collection

September 16, 2012 - January 06, 2013

In conjunction with the blockbuster Norman Rockwell’s America, the Museum presents The Golden Age:  American Illustration from the Collection. Illustration experienced unprecedented popularity in the United States during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  The print industry saw numerous technical developments

Intimate Interiors

August 26, 2012 - December 02, 2012

Taken from the Museum’s permanent collection, Intimate Interiors presents portraits of intimate moments and spaces including places of religious worship, bedrooms, and entertaining. It is within these spaces that we are at our most comfortable, and oftentimes most vulnerable. The works showcased

Warhol and Cars: American Icons

June 24, 2012 - September 16, 2012

Warhol and Cars: American Icons is the first exhibition to examine Andy Warhol’s enduring fascination with automotive vehicles as products of American consumer society. The exhibition features more than forty drawings, paintings, photographs, sculptural models, and related archival material spanning the

Future Perfect: The Birmingham Museum of Art at 60

May 13, 2012 - August 05, 2012

The final feather in the Museum’s 60th anniversary cap is an exhibition of more than 150 works that have been purchased or gifted in honor of our diamond anniversary. The works, spanning all collecting departments and periods, range from a


Look of Love: Eye Miniatures from the Skier Collection

February 07, 2012 - June 10, 2012

This stunning exhibition explores the little-known subject of “lover’s eyes,” hand-painted miniatures of single human eyes set in jewelry and given as tokens of affection or remembrance. In 1785, when the Prince of Wales secretly proposed to Mrs. Maria Fitzherbert


Tradition Transformed: Danish Ceramics in the Twentieth Century

October 23, 2011 - January 08, 2012

Beginning on October 23, 2011, the Museum will highlight a recent exceptional gift of more than forty pieces of 20th-century Danish pottery. The collection, given to the BMA by William Hull and Dr. and Mrs. Frederick Baekeland, reflects Denmark’s distinctly artistic pottery tradition,

African Artistry in Clay and Iron

- September 09, 2012

This exhibition features approximately fifty-five works of African ceramics and iron art, including  vessels, musical instruments, currency objects, sculpted figures, staffs, tools and ritual objects.  The objects come primarily from the countries of Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, and the

Celebrate Life: The Art of Chris Clark

October 23, 2011 - March 04, 2012

In August, Birmingham lost a remarkable artist, teacher, and member of our community with the passing of Chris Clark (1958-2011). Clark’s vibrant quilts, furniture, walking sticks, and other painted and assembled objects found admirers among eager folk art collectors in

Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present

June 24, 2011 - September 18, 2011

Conceived by the likes of Elvis and the Beatles, evolving into the sounds of Madonna and Tupac, the phenomenon that is rock and roll indelibly transformed music and society. Catalysts to this sensational revolution, photographers captured and documented these changes,

Faces of India: Sculpture from the Callahan Collection

June 12, 2011 - October 02, 2011

The Birmingham Museum of Art is proud to present the first showing of Indian sculpture from the collection of the Callahan family. Over twenty sculptures in stone and bronze depict a variety of Hindu and Buddhist deities that date from